Life is but a span in the measure of years

Author: C. Austin Miles
Tune: [Life is but a span in the measure of years]
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 Life is but a span in the measure of years,
Fraught with many fears,
Laughter, sigh and tears;
Thro’ it all our God still is waiting to bless
Even in a wilderness.

Feasting on manna from heav’n sent down,
Blessings like dew are falling.
Holding communion with the saints of God,
List’ning when His voice to me is calling;
Drinking of water that satisfies,
Resting when day is done,
Thankful for all a loving God supplies,
Contented I journey on.

2 Let me but abide in a cottage or tent,
With what God has sent,
I shall be content,
Knowing that a loud or a pillar of fire
Leads unto my soul’s desire. [Refrain]

3 Let me travel on, for there cometh a day,
God shall show the way,
When my soul shall stay,
Though it be a road that no other has trod,
It must lead at last to God. [Refrain]

Source: New Songs of Praise and Power 1-2-3 Combined #214

Author: C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles USA 1868-1946. Born at Lakehurst, NJ, he attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of PA. He became a pharmacist. He married Bertha H Haagen, and they had two sons: Charles and Russell. In 1892 he abandoned his pharmacy career and began writing gospel songs. At first he furnished compositions to the Hall-Mack Publishing Company, but soon became editor and manager, where he worked for 37 years. He felt he was serving God better in the gospel song writing business, than as a pharmacist. He published the following song books: “New songs of the gospel” (1900), “The service of praise” (1900), “The voice of praise” (1904), “The tribute of song” (1904), “New songs of the gospel… Go to person page >

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First Line: Life is but a span in the measure of years
Title: Contentment
Author: C. Austin Miles
Refrain First Line: Feasting on manna from heaven sent down
Copyright: Public Domain


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